Asara b’Tevet bug fix

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Beginning with Hebcal for Unix 3.9, Asara B’Tevet is allowed to fall on a Friday. This is a significant bugfix. According to http://www.ou.org/chagim/roshchodesh/tevet/fast.htm If a public fast occurs on Erev Shabbat, we fast the entire day till the conclusion of the fast, even though it means entering Shabbat while fasting. Neither “Avinu Malkeinu” nor “Tachanun”… Read more »

Hebcal.com site redesign

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After 8 years, we’ve finally redesigned the Hebcal.com website to be a little more modern-looking and easier to navigate with a menu on every page. We’re also using the WordPress content management system to manage our help pages and other content. We hope you like the new look. If you see anything broken, let us… Read more »

Purim Katan

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Purim Katan is a rare guest that deserves special attention. In the 19-year cycle of regular and leap years we have nineteen Purims, but only seven Purim Katans. We must truly utilize it for special activities. There’s a strong connection between Purim and Purim Katan. The Mishnah teaches: “There is no difference between the first… Read more »